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    News Release May 2002: 1,000 Wisconsin attorneys expected at State Bar Annual Convention in Madison this week

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    1,000 Wisconsin attorneys expected at State Bar Annual Convention in Madison this week

    MADISON, May 14, 2002 - Nearly 1,000 attorneys are expected to gather in Madison this week for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Annual Convention. The Monona Terrace Convention Center will host the three-day event, which will run from Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, May 17.

    The convention includes legal seminars featuring several prominent speakers, as well as the swearing in of the new State Bar president, an awards banquet honoring judicial excellence, and a program to recognize outstanding public service. The State Bar will also feature its new "branding the profession" initiative designed to educate the public about the value of lawyers.

    Highlights from the convention include:

    Wednesday, May 15

    Noon Golden Gavel Awards Luncheon (Rooms P/Q)
    The Wisconsin Gavel Awards competition was established in 1985 by the State Bar of Wisconsin as an annual event to recognize outstanding public service by the media. The Media-Law Relations Committee will present Golden Gavel Awards to six winning print and broadcast journalists for their contributions to public understanding of our system of law and justice.

    2:30 p.m. "Protecting our Rights after Sept. 11" (Hall of Ideas GJ)
    Presenter: Prof. David Cole, Georgetown University Law School
    Professor Cole has successfully represented several immigrants in political immigration cases involving charges of association with terrorist groups.

    5:30 p.m. Volunteer Lawyers Recognition Celebration (Community Terrace)
    Each year the State Bar of Wisconsin recognizes lawyers, law students and law firms who have helped make the legal system more accessible by providing pro bono legal services, community service and law-related education.

    Thursday, May 16

    9 a.m. "Disparities in the Justice System - A Look at How Unequal Treatment Affects the Public's Trust and Confidence" (Ballroom AB)
    Presenter: Professor Alan Dershowitz, of Harvard Law School
    Dershowitz has been described by Business Week as a "feisty civil libertarian and one of the nation's most prominent legal educators."

    12:30 Public Trust & Confidence Community Forum:
    Focus on Juvenile Justice (Community Terrace)
    Presenter: James Bell, director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity
    Bell will discuss the disproportionate number of children of color in the legal system. Program attendees include more than 150 judges, lawyers, and members of law enforcement, corrections, child advocacy groups and the public.

    1:30 p.m. Assembly of Members (Ballroom D)
    What are multidisciplinary practices (MDP) and should they be allowed in Wisconsin? What is an ancillary business? What constitutes the unauthorized practice of law? The State Bar's Multidisciplinary Practice Commission is addressing these questions now, and will release its interim report and recommendations. The Assembly of Members is the first event at which the commission will share its majority and minority reports and recommendations with the members of the Bar.

    5 p.m. Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony (State Capitol Rotunda)
    President-elect Patricia Ballman of Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee will be sworn in as the 47th president of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson will address the guests and administer the oath of office.

    Friday, May 17

    12:30 Members Recognition Luncheon (Ballroom CD)
    Retired judges Edwin Dahlberg, Rock County Circuit Court, and Myron Gordon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, will receive Lifetime Jurist Achievement Awards. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Maxine White will be honored with the Judge of the Year award. In addition to the awards, 125 attorneys who were admitted to practice in 1952 will be recognized for their 50 years of service to the public and the profession. Chief Justice Abrahamson will address the honored guests.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.

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